Every makeup lover wants to own those beautiful lipstick shades or have a limited edition of an eye shadow palette released recently to add to their collection. It can be tempting to see beautiful shades of makeup and want to grab as many as possible. There is a large variety of makeup available from different brands, and it is hard to decide what is best for your skin type. 

Choosing the right makeup requires trial and error, as all skin types are different, and you need personalized cosmetics to suit your skin. 

Almost all brands have makeup for all skin types and shades. So it becomes even more confusing to decide what is best for you. 

To make this simple, here is a list of makeup mistakes to avoid when you are makeup shopping.

Not Choosing Products Based on Skin Type

The formula of makeup products is crucial to consider while buying makeup because every skin type is different and has its unique needs. Consider buying makeup according to skin type, as powder formulas work best for oily skin. Whereas, for dry skin, it is best to choose oil-based products.

Buying Makeup Without a Skin Test

Makeup products contain numerous chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, mercury, lead, and phthalates. These chemicals have side effects on the skin that may cause irritation and allergies. Many cosmetics also have cancer-causing ingredients that may get absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Knowing what suits your skin is crucial. It is best to buy makeup after a skin test only. Try to do a patch test to make sure that makeup doesn’t cause any reaction on the face.

Collecting Makeup Kits 

Have you ever been intrigued by any sale that offers makeup from your favorite brands for an attractive price? I am sure we all have been in a situation and impulsively bought makeup from such sales, thinking it to be affordable and a steal deal offer. But we only use one or two products from the kit, and the rest of the products go to waste. Buying makeup kits is impractical unless you are a cosmoholic or genuinely need all the products from that kit.

Testing Makeup on Hands

Trying eyeshadows, foundation, or lipstick on your hand to test the shades to see if they match your skin tone is not a good idea, as the face shade differs from hands and arms. To find lipstick, for instance, the shade you choose to buy should be either slightly darker or match the lipstick you already own. 

Ignoring the Expiry Dates on Products

Makeup is a sensitive thing to buy as one expired product can cause allergies and irritate the skin. It is essential to check ‘use by’ timelines as it shows how long the makeup can be safely used once the seal is broken for the first time. It also gives an accurate idea of how quickly you need to use the product. The expiry date makes you cautious about not using the product to avoid any skin issues.

Trying Unknown Brands

Makeup products are not just colors and textures, they are in direct contact with your skin, and it is best to buy products you are familiar with. There is no point in risking your skin to try a new unknown brand just because you are getting it on sale. As mentioned above, even if you want to try a new brand, you should take a patch test and then decide whether to buy or not. 

Forgetting to Buy Support Cosmetics

Often, we miss out on primers, setting sprays, and setting powders while we are shopping for makeup. You should pay equal attention to these products as they not only complement the makeup but also extend the wear time of your makeup look.

Shopping Without Reading Reviews 

Not reading customer reviews when buying pricey cosmetics and styling products is one of the most common makeup mistakes we often make. 

Reading customer reviews before buying makeup can be helpful in this case. All buyers who have already used the product share the good and bad about products, and you don’t need to buy the makeup to test it yourself. It helps you save both time and money at the same time. 

Forgetting What You Already Have

We sometimes buy a new makeup product, not realizing we already have one. This way, we end up having two products resulting in a waste of money. To avoid such confusion, make a list of products that you need and want to buy. 

Considering the time and money while shopping for makeup, you should be cautious about what you put on your skin. It is as important as the food you eat. So, avoiding these mistakes while spending impulsively on your glam goodies will help you have flawless makeup and save you time and money.


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